UPDATE: And now we have the (correct) lineups ... and Burke is at first.
BJ Upton CF
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Pat Burrell DH
Ben Zobrist RF
Dioner Navarro C
Aki Iwamura 2B
Jason Bartlett SS
James Shields (2-1, 4.58)
Endy Chavez LF
Jose Lopez 2B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Wlad Balentien DH
Rob Johnson C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Yuni Betancourt SS
Jamie Burke 1B
Felix Hernandez (2-0, 4.26 ERA)
First and foremost, the reason I haven't posted the line-up is that we haven't seen one. We saw an early one that manager Don Wakamatsu set out, but that's going to to change.
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Because Ronny Cedeno tweaked his right hamstring a little and they've scratched him from the line-up.
"Ronny's injury is real minor, it's just one of those deals where you don't want it to blow on him," Wakamatsu said.
Mike Sweeney is also out due to back spasms. Russell Branyan, also suffering from back spasms, took ground balls and some swings, but they aren't sure if they are going to play him.
So that would mean with all three out, Jose Lopez, who was scheduled to play first will most likely move back to second, and back-up catcher Jamie Burke would play first base.
Burke worked out at first during batting practice and looked fine.
It's not a position he's unfamiliar to. He played there six times last year, the last being on Sept. 18, 2006, for two innings. In 2006 with Triple A Oklahoma City, Burke started 18 games at first. Don't let his squatty frame fool you, Burke is a pretty good athlete. He was drafted as a third baseman and he was a kicker in college at Oregon State. Remember when he pitched last year? (Pictured right) I'll get you the lineups as soon as possible.
If that's the case, the Mariners will have a lonely bench. Wak called them all emergency guys that he hopes he doesn't have to use.
When asked if it is getting to the point where he might make a roster move, Wakamatsu said it didn't seem likely with so many guys close to coming back.
"None of the injuries are severe enough where we want to DL somebody and bring up some body right now," he said.
* WABUBBA, I asked Wak about the Ichiro steal last night in the sixth and here's his response.
"In that situation, he has the greenlight. It was one of those things where the pitcher was extremely slow and then he slidestepped and got thrown out," Wakamatsu said. "In defense of that, with our offense the way it is. Are we going to walk right now? Are we going to drive those guys in? That's why I've always, even in spring training, said we'll make some mistakes aggressively. It might no always look like the smartest. We will push it. No one wants to get thrown out in that situation. But if he gets there, maybe we get a base hit, we score a run and some things start happening.
* Wak was asked about Ken Griffey Jr.'s recent production at the plate or lack there of.
"It's a combination of things, maybe that he's not getting the pitches, and that's why he walked a lot, and if guys aren't hitting around him doesn't make it any easier on him," Wakamatsu said. "If you look at the immediate order no one is really swinging it. It's a lineup where we have to feed off each other. Versatility comes when people are swinging it well, but right now we are getting it."
Part of the reason this is getting to you so late is that our pregame meeting with Wak was delayed by Junior who sat in on the dugout and acted like a manager taking questions for awhile and talked of himself in the third person which was great. It was quite humorous.
Here's a few snippets ...
On being out of the line-up?
We don't play Ken on day games after night games.
On if temperature is a factor?
The temperature is fine, but once it gets below 52 degrees Ken doesn't play.
So when do you play?
Ken plays on special days, like Mothers' day.
A Latin reporter asked Griffey if he's picking up any Spanish being around so many Latin players...
Just the cusswords. That's all I know.
No, Ichiro won't teach me any of the cusswords.
Griffey said it was one of the first things they did with Japanese players that came to the U.S.
"That's the first thing we taught Mac Suzuki," he said.
On the Mariners leading the league in bunts?
I don't know, but I'll have at least two this season.